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Liniger Among Top 2015 Real Estate Leaders »

January 23, 2015 at 9:31AM PST | Source: RE/MAX

Annual Industry Rankings Recognize Liniger As Powerful Influencer
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // DENVER – Back in the role of CEO, Dave Liniger is named by industry insiders as an exceptional leader, recognized by the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) and Inman's list of 33 People Who are Changing the Real Estate Industry. Both sources cite Liniger's impressive impact on the real estate industry over decades, paying respect to the man who unquestionably revolutionized the industry and acknowledging Liniger's unprecedented tenacity during the 42-year history of the RE/MAX organization.
"It's always humbling to be recognized by your peers in an industry that you're so passionate about. But there's still plenty of work to be done and I'm excited to be working with great RE/MAX brokers and agents, even after 40-plus exciting years," says Dave Liniger, CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC...

Value Place Reports Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2014 Results »

January 23, 2015 at 9:06AM PST | Source: Value Place

Full-year Company revenue increases by 50.9 percent & fourth quarter system-wide same-store RevPAR increases by 14.3 percent
WICHITA, Kan. - January 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Value Place, the nation's fastest growing extended-stay hotel brand, today released its fourth quarter and full-year 2014 results.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights:

The Company's revenue increased by 23.9 percent to $28.4 million as compared to the fourth quarter of 2013
Royalty revenue increased by 17.5 percent as compared to fourth quarter in 2013
System-wide hotel room revenue was $56.9 million, an increase of 17.6 percent over fourth quarter of 2013
Same-store system-wide hotel room revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose 14...

National Property Inspections Named A Top Franchise Opportunity Of 2015 »

January 23, 2015 at 9:00AM PST | Source: National Property Inspection
National Property Inspection Opportunities Available

NPI is featured on Franchise Gator's Top 100 list
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Omaha, Neb. - National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce its inclusion on Franchise Gator's new list of Top 100 Franchises of 2015. Franchise Gator is one of the largest franchise and business opportunity directories in North America.
Franchise Gator's Top 100 Franchises of 2015 were carefully selected by measuring the quality of a franchise system over time. The rankings are based on a formula created from various parts of a franchisor's franchise disclosure document (FDD) and focus on financial stability, growth, transparency, engagement, continuity and sustainability...

Second Crowne Plaza® Hotel Opens In Pittsburgh »

January 23, 2015 at 8:30AM PST | Source: Crowne Plaza

Renovated Hotel Offers Easy Access to Downtown Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh International Airport
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] announces the opening of the 199-room Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh West-Green Tree hotel, following a $4 million renovation by the ownership. At the closest IHG full service hotel to Pittsburgh, guests will enjoy modern décor and a host of preferred amenities designed to cater to the modern day business traveler.
Guests at the Pittsburgh hotel will experience the Crowne Plaza brand's new "Always On" enhancements that are focused on connectivity, wellness and productivity. The 24-hour business center features U-Connect, the hospitality industry's leading business center solution while new technology offers single Internet sign-on, free and reliable Wi-Fi, one-click secure wireless printing and easy access to power outlets and charging cords...

Edible Arrangements Names Havas Worldwide New York Creative Agency Of Record »

January 23, 2015 at 7:41AM PST | Source: Edible Arrangements

NEW YORK - Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Edible Arrangements has named Havas Worldwide as Integrated Agency of Record.
Havas Worldwide will produce traditional and digital campaigns and work on brand strategy for the fresh-fruit gift company, including a new campaign for 2015.
"Havas Worldwide combines the keen consumer insights, creative imagination, and digital savvy necessary to support our growing global brand," said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. "Most of all, they are genuinely passionate about our business and the success of our talented franchisees."
About Edible Arrangements
Edible Arrangements is the leading online retailer and franchisor of stores offering hand crafted fruit arrangements, chocolate covered fruit and fresh fruit smoothies...

Le Meridien Debuts In Ohio With The Opening Of Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph »

January 23, 2015 at 7:26AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Columbus' First Art Hotel Opens in the Thriving Short North Arts District, Featuring Exclusive Works from the World Renowned Pizzuti Collection and a Specially Commissioned Portfolio of Ohio Art
COLUMBUS, Ohio - January 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the opening of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph. The highly anticipated new hotel opens in Downtown Columbus at 620 North High Street, in the vibrant Short North Arts District. Owned and developed by The Pizzuti Companies and managed by Wischermann Partners, the new 10 story hotel has been designed by renowned Miami-based firm Arquitectonica to complement the unique historical aesthetic of Columbus' Short North neighborhood...

Cousins Subs® In Appleton, Wis. Supports Those In Need »

January 23, 2015 at 5:29AM PST | Source: Cousins Subs

Restaurant Makes Monetary Donation To Fox Valley Warming Shelter
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // APPLETON, WIS. – Cousins Subs® located at 706 W. Northland Ave. in Appleton, Wis. recently donated approximately $838 to the Fox Valley Warming Shelter (FVWS), which provides homeless men and women with life’s basic needs - shelter, food, clothing and safety - along with referrals to local resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
Funds were raised through the restaurant’s "Stuff the Stocking" fundraiser that ran throughout the holiday season. Supporters were able to purchase paper ornaments for $1 or stop by the restaurant’s donation night event where 10 percent of proceeds went to FVWS.
"As a member of this community, I feel it is imperative to come together to help those in need," said Kim Seidler, owner of the Northland Avenue Cousins Subs...

Sotheby's International Realty Brand Expands Presence In Vermont And New Hampshire »

January 23, 2015 at 5:22AM PST | Source: Sotheby's International Realty

January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // Madison, N.J. - Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC announced the merger of Lang McLaughry Real Estate, which has 15 offices throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, and Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. The combined company will be operating as Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.
Simultaneous with this transaction, the combined company has acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby's International Realty, which has five offices across Vermont. A total of 22 offices across Vermont and New Hampshire now will operate as Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.
"Lang McLaughry was established in 1959, bringing an established reputation built over 56 years for service and excellence in the community, and Four Seasons and Vermont Country Properties are both highly respected companies with a similar focus on service excellence...

Starwood Hotels Accelerates Growth In North America »

January 23, 2015 at 5:08AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company to Surpass 600th Hotel Milestone in North America in 2015 Following 23 Openings and 64 Signings in 2014
STAMFORD, Conn. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it expects another year of accelerated growth in North America, where it will surpass the 600th hotel milestone in the next two months. The company's growth is being driven by the rapid expansion of its Specialty Select Brands, the continued growth of its Upper Upscale brands and increased demand for luxury hotel offerings. In 2014, Starwood opened 23 new hotels and signed 64 new hotel deals in North America, a 23% signings increase over the previous year and the most deals signed in one year since before the global economic crisis...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Scottish Inns And Suites White Settlement Texas »

January 23, 2015 at 4:44AM PST | Source: Scottish Inns

Tucker, GA - January 9th 2015 - Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Scottish Inns and Suites White Settlement, Texas to the Hospitality International franchise system.
Scottish Inns and Suites White Settlement Texas is conveniently located to the downtown Fort Worth area. Each of the 47 tastefully appointed guest rooms come equipped with standard amenities that are sure to please even the most discerning traveler. All rooms offer a refrigerator, microwave, cable TV, high speed internet access, hairdryer, iron, ironing board and free parking.
Scottish Ins and Suites is minutes away from fine dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. The Fort Worth Stockyards, National Historic District, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Christian University, the Fort Worth International Airport, and Six Flags Over Texas are a few of the many popular attractions and landmarks just a short drive from the hotel...

Local Entrepreneur Purchases Inland Northwest American Leak Detection Franchise Territory »

January 23, 2015 at 4:38AM PST | Source: American Leak Detection

Franchise In Eastern Washington & North Idaho Changes Hands
SPOKANE, Wash. - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Margaret Cassidy, a Hayden, Idaho resident, acquired an American Leak Detection (ALD) franchise in Spokane and North Idaho this month. Like all ALD franchisees, Cassidy will offer her customers leak detection without destruction.
"I knew I wanted a change in my life," said Cassidy, who spent 25 years in the international manufacturing business. "I've always wanted to own my own business and American Leak Detection has allowed me to provide a service that saves people money and helps protect a precious resource. It's a win-win."
In December of 2014, Cassidy completed intensive training away from her husband and two kids to become a certified "Original Leak Specialist...

CPR Cell Phone Repair Announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification »

January 23, 2015 at 4:34AM PST | Source: CPR Cell Phone Repair

Independence, OH - January 23, 2015 - (PR.com) - CPR Cell Phone Repair, the fastest growing wireless technology franchise network in the United States, is proud to announce their ISO 9001:2008 certification. The ISO 9001:2008 certification formally acknowledges CPR's establishment of an effective Quality Management System which adheres to ISO's strict requirements, provides technical and operational training, and is dedicated to achieving customer satisfaction.
Josh Sevick, CPR President said, "We are extremely proud of CPR's recent ISO 9001:2008 certification. Earning this certification is a clear demonstration of CPR's commitment to excellence and to ensuring our customers with the best possible service by the most well-trained workforce in the industry...

Orkin Establishes Three New International Franchises »

January 23, 2015 at 4:31AM PST | Source: Orkin

ATLANTA - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Rollins Inc., a global services company (NYSE: ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, has established its first franchise in India and expanded its presence in Mexico with the addition of two new franchises located in Jalisco and Aguascalientes/Guanajuato.
"We are excited to launch our first franchise in India and believe this emerging country provides a great opportunity for us as we continue to grow our Orkin brand internationally," said Tom Luczynski, Orkin group vice president of global development and franchising. "The franchise is headquartered in Bangalore, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka with a population of over 8 million. They will also provide pest control service in three additional cities - Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai...

Gigi's Cupcakes Goes Gluten Free In 2015 »

January 23, 2015 at 4:19AM PST | Source: Gigi's Cupcakes

Gourmet Gluten-Free Cupcakes Now Available Daily from America's Largest Cupcake Franchise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - January 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Gigi's Cupcakes has kicked off the new year with the introduction of gluten-free versions of its award-winning gourmet cupcakes. Now, guests who prefer to follow a gluten-free diet can enjoy mouthwatering cupcakes in their favorite flavors every day of the week.
Each Gigi's Cupcakes bakery is now offering at least three different flavors of gourmet gluten-free cupcakes daily. The weekly gluten-free cupcake menu can be found at GigisCupcakesUSA.com/gluten-free-cupcakes and features customer favorites such as Wedding Cake and Midnight Magic Chocolate Chip. Many locations will also bake up gluten-free specials unique to their neighborhoods and special orders are available on request...

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Relocates Global Corporate Headquarters To Sleek Denver Office Space »

January 23, 2015 at 4:14AM PST | Source: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies
Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Opportunities Available

International coffee and smoothie retailer moves corporate office to an environment that better represents the brand culture.
Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 - Maui Wowi Hawaiian is escaping the corporate ivory tower in Greenwood Village and relocating its global corporate headquarters to a stylish office space in the heart of Denver, Colo. The company's central location provides closer proximity to its corporate-owned café that was recently announced will open spring 2015.
The new corporate office of the leading Hawaiian coffeeand fruit smoothie franchise company will be located at 1509 York Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80206 in the City Park West neighborhood, an eclectic urban area that is just minutes from bustling downtown Denver...

Expedia, Inc. To Webcast Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 Results On February 5, 2015 »

January 23, 2015 at 4:04AM PST | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) will report its fourth quarter and full year results for the period ended December 31, 2014 on Thursday, February 5, 2015 via an earnings release and accompanying webcast. Both items will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company's corporate website at http://ir.expediainc.com. The earnings release will post after market close and the webcast will begin at 1:30 PM Pacific Time / 4:30 PM Eastern Time. A replay of the call is expected to be available for at least three months.
About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) is one of the world's largest travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as:

Expedia...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter And Year End 2014 Earnings Call And Webcast »

January 23, 2015 at 3:54AM PST | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

ATLANTA - Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced it will host a conference call on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 10:00 am Eastern Time to discuss its fourth quarter and year end 2014 financial results scheduled for release prior to the market opening on February 6, 2015. The public is invited to listen to the conference call by webcast accessible through the Company's website, investor.aarons.com in the "Investor Relations" section. The webcast will be archived for playback at that same site.
To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/aarons-inc-announces-fourth-quarter-and-year-end-2014-earnings-call-and-webcast-300024396...

Executive Care Expands Home Care Franchise Into Clearwater »

January 23, 2015 at 3:48AM PST | Source: Executive Care
Executive Care Opportunities Available

Dynamic Entrepreneur to Open Leading National Home Care Concept in March 2015
January 23, 2015 // Franchising.com // CLEARWATER, Fla. - Executive Care announced today that it has signed a franchise agreement to open an office in Clearwater. The new office located at 2753 State Road 580 #201 marks the company's first Florida office and represents the organization's 12th franchise location. Opening in March 2015, the new office will serve residents throughout Pinellas County.
Local resident Andy Corbett is opening the location. He will be participating in daily operations with the support of his neighbor, Ryan Abremski. At age 44, this will be Corbett's second career as he has worked at Publix for 28 years, serving as the produce manager for two decades...

Monkey Joe's Celebrates Nationwide Birthday Party On February 16 »

January 22, 2015 at 10:53AM PST | Source: Monkey Joe's

January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // Monkey Joe's, a children's entertainment center filled with indoor jumps, slides and obstacle courses, announces its annual Monkey Joe's Birthday Party event, taking place this year on Presidents' Day, February 16. The event will serve as a customer appreciation day for all of Monkey Joe's loyal customers and families and will include giveaways, community activities and a special birthday party celebration.
"Our customers and employees continue to enjoy celebrating Monkey Joe's birthday each year and we are excited to host our customer appreciation day again," explains Sonny Crumpton, brand leader at Monkey Joe's. "We invite everyone to join us on February 16 for this all-day event to celebrate with Monkey Joe and share in the fun and giveaways we have to offer...

Daily Juice To Debut In Nashville In 2015 »

January 22, 2015 at 10:19AM PST | Source: Daily Juice

Growing Juice and Smoothie Café Franchise Signs Area Developer Agreement for 3 Stores in the greater Nashville market.
January 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // NASHVILLE - Daily Juice Café, an organic juice and smoothie café chain based in Austin, Texas, has signed an area developer agreement with Vitality, LLC to open a total of 3 locations within the next two years in the greater Nashville area. Daily Juice will debut its first store in February 2015 at The Shops at Seven Springs (700 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite 203, in Brentwood), and a total of three locations will open in the market by 2016.
"I'm pleased to introduce Daily Juice Café to the Nashville and Brentwood communities, bringing more people quick-food options with as much focus on nutrition as taste," commented Robbie Nowinski, a Registered Dietitian and principal of Vitality LLC...



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